Fresh Start Stress

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Starting a new job can come with anxiety. Actually starting the job can be more stressful than the interview process which precedes it.  There are a few specific thoughts or questions that may run through your mind before the first day at the new office.

  • What will my new coworkers think of me?
  • Will I be good enough to do the job?
  • Was it a good decision to leave my previous employer?

The nervousness is most likely fear of the unknown. It is hard to go into a place not knowing the people, the culture, or the expectations fully.

The easiest way to cope with the change is to have a plan. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Get to know people and let them get to know you. Be open to meeting everyone.

You WILL BE good enough; you are brand new and not expected to move mountains… yet.  Take steps to learn the systems and processes.

Don’t think too much about your last employer, it was a stepping stone to where you are now and it is in the past for a reason. No need to make comparisons between then and now.

The best advice I have gotten when starting at a new company is to stay organized, take notes, learn new things about the organization each day, and listen more than you speak.

Always try to imagine best case scenarios instead of worst case.

In the words of Dr. Seuss, “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.”

-Lindsey Meyer

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YOU ONLY GET ONE SHOT AT A FIRST IMPRESSION

ImageI’ve been told that when you meet someone new they form an opinion about you in less than 30 seconds. I’m not sure what the science is behind that statement but I tend to believe this is true with most people. That being said, you better be ready to make a great first impression or forever be known by that person as the guy with a wrinkled shirt or girl with lipstick on her teeth.

I think it is important for all of us to keep this in mind when going out into the world because you never know who you may meet at Starbucks that may be just the person that can help you get to that next level in your career. This is especially important for candidates we are sending out in the field. Not only does their first impression affect themselves but it also affects the recruiter, sales person, and ultimately Theoris. As a newer recruiter this is something I am going to have to keep in mind while sending out candidates. We all are hungry to get a placement but must remember our personal brand is on the line as well. I think a part of the challenge of this job is keeping that balance of a quick placement and the best placement. I am looking forward to learning the tricks of the trade and creating a great personal brand through the impressions I am able to make on those around me.

All of this being said yesterday was my first day here at Theoris. I was definitely impressed by everyone’s friendly and helpful attitude. I am excited to be a part of this team and learn from whomever I can! Thank you for the warm welcome!

ALL PROJECTS ARE BUSINESS PROJECTS

written by Brian Koch

So often I findmyself fielding calls where on the other end of the phone one of our customers
has decided on a technological solution (a hammer), and are now looking for a
problem (the right nail).  I have to admit that when the customer has cash
in hand it’s always tempting to just take the money and run. However, the
reality is our clients don’t really want a hammer or a nail; they want
something of real value – a finished solution (like a house).  

We work in technology so it’s cool when we get to talk about a solution with
this cutting edge product or a process improvement framework coupled with some
techno buzz-word angle. Ultimately our customers don’t care how extensive our
big data credentials are or whether or not our mobile mojo has trumped our
social ace in the hole. 

The value we bring to an opportunity begins with the current cost to our
client.  In other words, the only way to calculate our value is to start
with the current cost of the client’s situation. It is important for us in the
consulting business to understand and agree on the current cost of status-quo.
Solid business decisions are primarily made when the cost of status quo
becomes so burdensome that the buyer must make a change to improve the
situation. I realize this sounds simple, but once you strip away all the sales
process, technique, and tools, all that is left is this one simple fact. When
pain reaches a tipping point, a decision to make a change is going to be made.

All Projects Are Business Projects.  The  beginning point is
rooted in getting agreement upon the current cost of doing business. This may
seem like a given, but you would be surprised how often we forget to take the
time and discuss the current cost of the issues, pains, and goals our customers
are facing before we grab a hammer and nail and go to town.

I’m not suggesting every consultant on every project needs to conduct a full
blown Return on Investment (ROI). Business projects are based on identified
issues, pains, and goals and some perspective on the cost of status quo.
So before we write the first line of code or recommend the next phase of
a project to our customers, let’s ask the right questions.  The
results of this business project mindset will be the foundation for furthering
our relationship as we discuss how we can swing our hammers and help our
customers be more successful using technology products and services.  

TARDIS…

I was trolling the internet reading up on the latest and greatest trends when I came across the something rather amazing.  A new Google Maps easter egg of what appears to be a police phone booth, but once you enter it you’re looking at the TARDIS!  The arrows on the inside allow you to take a complete 360 tour of the inside.  If you are confused by what I am talking about you can visit Netflix for a little Doctor Who education.

To take your own tour of the TARDIS follow these steps.Tardis

  1. Click Here
  2. Look for the Arrows like shown in the picture and click on them.
  3. Follow the arrows inside the TARDIS to take your own tour.

Happy GENCON week!

Platform of the Future…

116641-20130221Choosing a new website platform is not as easy as it sounds, or is it?  I have spent the past several months researching, choosing and putting a new website into place.  My previous platform was a CMS or Content Management System.  A CMS allows a user the opportunity to maintain their website after the system is built.   Like most programs a CMS comes with its limitations.

A CMS was created to allow users to make simple changes and keep more complex features like the header hard coded.  This allows the user flexibility to change content without altering major components of the site structure. The problem with this type of system is that you can’t update the look of your site without a rebuild, and your layout options are limited. My goal was to find a solution to the issues or a better system to replace it.

Several of my friends in the Industry pointed me to WordPress.  At first, I was hesitant that this platform could meet all of my needs.  The main function of WordPress is to build a website from a library of premade themes at a low cost.  This system allows a low tech user the opportunity to change the look and feel of their site on their own.  The pages are laid out in a simple click and fill format.

WordPress was also smart enough to leave their platform open to programmers who want to create their own themes.  With the help of a local company, I was able to create a custom theme website with some CMS functionality.  I have three sets of page orientations for each level of pages throughout the site, and I now have a dynamic header.  Even if I get tired of my current theme I have options to rearrange and freshen it up within the theme I already built.  If I am still not satisfied I can create additional page orientations to add to my library.

The only downside to WordPress being so flexible is that you have to go either custom or premade.  If you get tired of your custom theme and want to purchase a premade it can break your structure.  You definitely want to make sure you sit down prior to your build and understand all of your options.  A good site map can definitely help you prevent future disasters.